First up today is the larger half sheet painting based on the smaller study that I shared last week:
This is my second half imperial sized painting in recent weeks and it does feel really good to be painting at a larger scale again.
I think over the past 18 months or so when I’ve mainly painted on quarter imperial size sheets of paper, I’ve become more disciplined about simplifying scenes and editing out details that don’t really contribute to the final painting.
Working larger, I’m aware of trying to maintain this discipline when the temptation, when there’s more space to work with, is to clutter it with unnecessary information. You can seen below the finished ‘larger version’ alongside the study that I did for this painting that I shared last week.
I think I also mentioned in last week’s post that I was waiting on permission to share another painting that I’ve done recently. Well I’m delighted that permission for forthcoming and would like to thank St John Baptists Church in Hove for their approval.
The church has already featured in a number of my paintings, but usually as a silhouette in the background. It’s only a few hundred metres from where I live, situated at one end Palmeira Square in Hove:
These paintings lead me to explore a little further, beginning first with the Church’s website, and then its Instagram account. It was on instagram that I came across an image that seemed to scream out to me “Paint Me!”
Here’s how I got on:
I really had to persevere with this painting. At one point, I ended up totally drenching the paper and trying to remove as much of the paint as possible, before letting it dry out completely so I could start all over again!
After such an inauspicious start, I was actually pretty pleased with how this eventually turned out!